Five Values God looks for in the life of a real man.
1. LOVE – KINDNESS, CARE, CONCERN SYMPATHY, EMPATHY, COMPASSION
I Corinthians 13:1-2 “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity [LOVE], I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.”
Men need to develop a love for others!
As described in I Corinthians 13:1-2, If you don’t have it you are NOTHING!
When people speak of you as a man, the words like: kindness, care, concern, sympathy, etc…, ought to be used to describe your Character.
By loving others you are protecting the needs and rights of people.
ILLUSTRATION: The Good Samaritan! Luke 10:29-37
2. STEADINESS, RELIABILITY, CONSISTENCY, STABILITY
To many want to fit-in with society. They want to conform to what everyone else is doing. But a godly man will put steadiness, reliability, consistency, stability before conformity. God is looking for men who put character before conformity.
We need some men that are not afraid to be different from what the world calls “normal” and they must be willing to stand alone if needs be.
What are you willing to stand for in life.
We need men of conviction, who cannot be bought at any price.
They are committed to their values, consistent in their beliefs and convictions.
I meet a lot of men who are half committed to everything and that is no commitment at all.
Proverbs 10:9 “ He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.”
Proverbs 20:7 ” The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.”
3. COOPERATION, SUPPORT, HELPER, TEAMWORKER
Romans 15:5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:
God is looking for men who put cooperation before competition.
More would get accomplished if we worked together with other people.
Three things about the Christian life:
1. It is a family, we’re related.
2. It is a fellowship. We have the same task, assignment. We have the Great Commission.
We are to serve together and work together not independently.
3. It is a fight. When you became a Christian you became an enemy of the devil.
We are to defend each other and protect each other and support each other.
4. A KEEPER OF PROMISES, OBLIGATED TO KEEP COMMITMENTS
God is looking for men who put the cause of Christ before comfort.
Proverbs 22:1 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.
I meet many men who are great starters. But they never finish.
They quit in ministry because it becomes inconvenient or expensive, uncomfortable or requires effort.
Ministry always costs. – God is looking for men who are willing to pay the price.
James 2:17 ” Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.”
5. BRAVE, VALOR, DARING, WILLING TO TAKE A RISK
God is looking for men who will put service before security.
Today men are encouraged to live for self and future in this world! A secure future!
Security becomes the goal of life rather than service.
God is looking for men with courage, who are willing to risk for the kingdom of God, who are willing to serve God with reckless abandonment.